Meet the Contributors

Many people have contributed to this "definitive edition" of Memoirs of a Virtual Caveman. Some have told stories, others created works of art. I'm happy to be able to give them a way to share their tales and artwork with the world, and I think you'll enjoy their work as much as I have. - Rob

Sam Roberts

Sam Roberts is a wannabe game journalist from Northwest Florida with way too much free time on his hands and more knowledge of Capcom's Strider series than should be allowed by law (as one might expect from the former webmaster of the Strider fansite The Light Sword Cypher Mainframe). You can often find him at local conventions cosplaying various characters or selling his wife's handmade geek apparel. Or both. If you see the EitanyaDesigns booth at your convention, stop by to say hello!

Karry Blank

A tea and coffee addict, mother of three gamer children, and PC game enthusiast, Karry has been pixel-smashing from a very young age. She favors puzzle and strategy games, but often, it's not the playing of the game that interests her, but how it is assembled. From time to time, she has been known to buy a game simply because it comes with access to the level designer. The release of the Unreal engine some years back sent her into a level designing frenzy. She has worked in the computer and software industry from the tender age of 16, and currently plays a lot of Diablo III in what free time she has when she's not doing other necessary things like sleeping and eating.

Earl Green

An award-winning former TV promo writer/producer, Earl Green's freelance writing has appeared in All Game Guide and Classic Gamer Magazine, and he's the author of VWORP!1 and VWORP!2, two volumes of a massive (and ongoing) exhaustive guide to the universe of TV's Doctor Who. He writes about science fiction, classic videogames, soundtracks and music, action figures and more at, which turns 25 in 2014. As a freelance video producer, he wrote and produced the popular Phosphor Dot Fossils videogame documentary DVDs, and he's designed the cover artwork for several newly-programmed videogames designed for classic console systems.

Rob "Flack" O'Hara

Rob "Flack" O'Hara is the author of Commodork: Sordid Tales from a BBS Junkie and Invading Spaces: A Beginner's Guide to Collecting Arcade Games. Rob currently hosts three podcasts (You Don't Know Flack, Sprite Castle, and Throwback Reviews) and continues to collect old computers and old video games. You can find out more about Rob at

Catherine "Cat" DeSpira

Catherine "Cat" DeSpira is an American writer, video game cultural historian and classic arcade game collector. She is the co-writer and conceptual artist behind the ground-breaking documentary No Princess in the Castle, the first film ever made on women in gaming. As the former editor of Retrocade Magazine and Twin Galaxies International Scoreboard, it's understood that, for her, gaming is not a hobby but a lifestyle.

Brett Weiss

Brett Weiss is the author of the Classic Home Video Games book series, and of The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987. A gamer since 1974 and a professional writer since 1997, Weiss has had articles published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fangoria, Filmfax, Game Informer, Robot Magazine, Classic Gamer Magazine, Toy Shop, Video Game Collector, Video Game Trader, the Comics Buyer's Guide, AntiqueWeek, and various other publications. To catch up with Brett, check out his blog.

Rondal Scott III

Rondal Scott III is a full time designer, part time party animal and all around strange kid. In addition to that, he runs a pop subculture website called Strange Kids Club, is the creator of Closet Monsters trading cards and co-creator of Circle Jerks Stickers. Rondal has also written for sites including Rue Morgue, Fuel Your Illustration and Bloodsprayer. His obsession with video games, '80s animation and action figures is considered unhealthy by medical professionals.

Sarah Szefer

Passionate about the history of video games, Sarah Szefer has been a gamer since the 1980s. She's contributed to the Digital Press fanzine and is currently a regular member of the website. She also led the team that created the updated translation of The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time 3D for the French-Canadian market. 

Kenny Winder

Kenny Winder is a 20-year old physically disabled male who graduated high school in the National Honor Society. He is planning to return to University of Michigan after he gets his kidney stone surgery. He also founded and runs the Strider forum The Strider Citadel and is the current editor-in-chief of the Strider fansite The Light Sword Cypher Mainframe. He enjoys playing video games, surfing the web, watching Mega64 videos, and listening to Touhou Project music.

Rick Kelsey

Rick Kelsey is a fan and collector of many different things including comics, old video and board games, books, toys, magazines, TV and movie memorabilia, fanzines, and things related to his 1960s childhood and 1970s teenage years. He has worked in a variety of professions and work environments including administrative assistant for a university’s music department; a freelance writer for magazines; editor/administrative assistant for management and audio/video consulting firms; a writer for weekly and daily area newspapers and public relations departments; and in various retail stores such as a comic book shop and grocery store. He currently lives in Texas with his wife and still spends as much time as possible looking for and playing old video games.

Jared Bottorf

A fellow gamer and member of the Digital Press Forum, the Retrogaming Roundtable, Jared contributed the story "The First Step."

Samantha McComb

Samantha McComb was a kid who liked video games. Wait, was?

David Bird

David Bird, aged 40¾, started gaming at age 9 when his parents purchased a Commodore Vic 20. From that moment on, he's been constantly running out of memory. Manic Miner was the first game to get him into trouble; playing it rendered all clocks invisible. He had a long love affair with his Commodore 64, but after he saw a friend's Sega Mega Drive, he's been turning Japanese. Console gaming is still a huge passion as computers remind him too much of the real world and his job! 

Rob Budrick

A long standing member of the Digital Press Forum, the Retrogaming Roundtable, Rob contributed the story "Why I Felt Like a Jerk on the Best Day of My Life."

Haleigh Yonish

Haleigh Yonish is a blogger and odd job extraordinaire living in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated in 2013 from Elmhurst College with a degree in writing, philosophy, and history. An enthusiast of sci-fi, fantasy, and comedy, she took to writing thought pieces on gender roles in her blog Woe Is Media. In her free time, Haleigh works on her YA fantasy novel and draws RPG characters with Sharpie pens.

William Cassidy

William Cassidy launched The Odyssey² Homepage! in 1996, bringing attention to the oft-neglected console and earning him a distinction as "the weird guy who likes the Odyssey²." This, however, did not deter GameSpy from hiring William in 2000 to direct, which was one of the Internet's premier retro-gaming sites. William also joined the Southern California Classic Collectors (SC3) to help organize that organization's biannual classic arcade and console parties. He contributed to the Digital Press Video Game Collector’s Guide Advance, Supercade: A Visual History of the Videogame Age 1971-1984, Retrogaming Times, and the AllGame Guide, and continues to maintain The Odyssey² Homepage! in his spare time.

Mike Plasket

Mike Plasket is a writer and video game enthusiast who has been playing the NES since he was two years old, and spends his free time researching the histories of videogames and the companies that made them. He is a contributing editor to Kurt Kalata's website, Hardcore Gaming 101, and several of his articles were published in the book Presents: The Guide to Classic Graphic Adventures. He also writes scripts for the HG101-hosted podcast, Game Club 199X. Outside of playing with pens and controllers, Mike is also fond of music, movies, food, animals, and the show Adventure Time. Mike currently lives in Pennsylvania.


A child of the late '80s and early-mid '90s, Steve grew up with gaming itself. His passions include teaching (children), acting (accolades include a speaking role in an independent film), writing (RVGFanatic), and of course, retro video gaming (particularly the Super NES). Steve is currently a school teacher and drama director by day, and a Super NES-playing fiend and webmaster by night. Steve loves sharing his reflections and thoughts with the retro gaming community and thanks Rob for the opportunity to be forever "immortalized" in this revised edition of Memoirs of a Virtual Caveman.

Ian "Yan" Hook

Ian ‘Yan’ Hook is a custom arcade designer and builder from Somerset, England. Ian was fascinated by video games at an early age and has continued to play, collect and immerse himself in everything that encompasses gaming culture throughout his life. He has gained world recognition for his original arcade machines and continues to raise the bar with each project. His ‘Atari Yars' Revenge’ arcade machine caught the eye of Twin Galaxies founder Walter Day, who then honoured Ian with his own trading card in the now famous Twin Galaxies trading card series. He has his own unique arcade, ‘Yan’s Arcade,’ which can be distinguished by the fact that he hand built every machine.

James Beaver

James Beaver (also known as PrimeOp) is an illustrator and pixel artist who has been hooked on video games since the day he was a toddler watching his parents play a TV Pong game in the living room. James crafted the cover artwork for Memoirs of a Virtual Caveman, and more of his ridiculous scribbles can be found at Illmosis. Proof of his appreciation for action-adventure video games can be found at the ScrollBoss fan game site.